Albany Town Forest
January 27, 2012
The Albany Town Forest provides many recreational opportunities as well as income to the Town of Albany in the form of valuable forest products. This partnership project involved the Upper Saco Valley Land Trust (conservation easement holder), and the Trust for Public Land (interim landowner and grant applicant), and the Town of Albany (long-term landowner).
The property protects the spectacular viewshed to Mount Washington from NH Route 16 and along the Kancamagus Highway, a National Scenic Byway. All three project partners raised funds for the project, and the Trust for Public Land secured $800,000 in grants from the Open Space Institute, NH’s Land & Community Heritage Investment Program, NH Moose Plate Program, NH Fish & Game, NH Department of Transportation, and others.
“As a Kennett High School student in the 1960s, I ran and skied on the trails along the Swift River assuming that this beautiful forest would always be here. With 40 years hindsight, it is particularly rewarding to see this assumption realized. Congratulations to the citizens of Albany for recognizing the promise that this property holds as a town forest, a place of recreation, and as a gateway to our much loved Kancamagus Highway. Thank you to all who have contributed their time and financial resources to help realize this vital conservation achievement. The Upper Saco Valley Land Trust looks forward to a strong partnership with the Town of Albany in stewarding this forest for this and generations to come.”
— Tom Earle, Former President of the Upper Saco Valley Land Trust Board of Directors
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